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Virtual Museum: "The Jewish Museum of the American West"

October 29, 2015

Check out this new virtual resource from the Western States Jewish History Association. Their goal, "Western States Jewish History is dedicated to the discovery, collection and dissemination of items and information pertaining to the Pioneer Jews of the American West, and how and why they were so successful."

Kristallnacht Resources

October 29, 2015

While Kristallnacht is covered in many books on the Holocaust, we have pulled a selection of books that focus on it.

Right to Die

October 06, 2015

How do Jews deal with end of life issues? Check the library for resources.

Dr. Kristine Garroway and "Children in the Ancient Near Eastern Household"

August 17, 2015

Dr. Kristine Garroway discusses her latest work with librarian Sheryl Stahl.
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Religion & Public Opinion … 2 Jews …

January 15, 2014

Recently, as part of a paper I’m researching, I came across the General Social Survey (GSS) This is an amazing collection of data that has been collected almost annually since 1972. According to their website:

Crucial Moment in the History of Western Civilization

April 09, 2013

I once again had the pleasure of speaking with an HUC colleague about their latest work. Joshua Garroway, Assistant Professor of Early Christianity and Second Commonwealth and the Rabbi Michael Matuson Professorship for an Emerging Scholar, recently published his book Paul’s Gentile-Jews: neither Jew nor Gentile, but Both (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012)

Purim: Something for everyone

February 12, 2013

The holiday of Purim, which occurs on the 14th day of the month of Adar on the Hebrew calendar, is one that is filled with highs and lows, darkness and joy – dichotomies that are particularly striking. Heralding back to the biblical story documented in the Book of Esther, which is read on the holiday, the celebration of the victorious Jewish community in Persia is filled with drama, confusion and a deep plot – enough so that it might even make a great blockbuster film.

Baby, it’s cold outside …

January 09, 2013

So I’m tempted to heat up the kitchen with some new recipes. Browsing the library’s catalog, I found lots of new cookbooks to inspire me and I hope, my family.

Talking the talk of the frum

December 06, 2012

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor, HUC Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies about her book, Becoming Frum : How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism

Each book a unique item

September 13, 2012

Contrary to the common wisdom one may hear in archives, I have over the years discovered a basic truth about printed books. Every book with any history is a unique item. This past summer I had the opportunity to catalog a number of especially compelling items for the Cincinnati rare book collections.